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An example of the fungi growing on the old stumps.

Some of the flowers in the wetlands created by the skid roads.

More spiderwebs.

Some of the trees just starting to grow this year, probably from seeds spread by animals and birds. These trees would have never had a chance to grow more than a few feet before, now many will become large ones in a few years.

None of these trees had to be planted by humans. They are just growing on their own. This is far better for enhancing a diverse selection than organized planting would be.

Some of the growth rings from a tree stump. You can tell by the rough cut these trees were harvested with one of the new harvesting machines and not a chain saw. The use of these machines has made logging far safer in the last few years. I counted the rings and the tree was about 70 years old. It was a hardwood, birch or maple. You can figure by this that the hardwoods now growing will be ready to harvest again in 60 to 70 years.

The stump of a softwood. You can see the 3 places where branches grew. Those areas become the knots you see in lumber. The two holes are where insects are feasting.

Another view of the same. If this tree hadn't been harvested, in another 20 to 50 years it would have begun to show the signs of old age, been weakened by rot and insects, and fallen or blown over. A complete waste of wood. By harvesting it now it was used for paper or furniture rather than wasted. No matter if you look at it from a religious point of view or the secular, it is wrong to waste what we are given by random events, mother nature or God.

There is a rich and diverse population of fungi living on the stumps now.

Another wetlands spot with grass growing created by a skid road.

More fungi growing.

You can see where the moose or deer have been gorging themselves here.

A rotting tree that fell several years before the clear cut.

More spider webs woven by another type of spider.

Even the cat tails get a chance to grow now.

There is moose crap everywhere.

If you pick through it you can figure out some of what they have been eating.

A close up of some of the berries and leaf pieces in the moose crap.

Sort of looks like they were eating these berries and leaves.

Trees, moss and other plants.

More blueberries. They are everywhere.

Clusters of blueberries that the bears or you can easily strip off to eat or for muffins.

Deer crap. It's all over the place too.

Another fungus.

The view from on top of the boulder. Looked at from a distance a clear cut looks kind of desolate. Once you get close and really look, you'll see it's teeming with life. From a distance a mature forest looks alive and great. When you look closer you will find it is really desolate, with few animals, birds and insects, and few plant species.

A cone from a fir tree. This will etiher provide seeds for more tree growth next year, or the seeds will become food for squirrels, chipmunks or insects.

A couple of tree trunks. These are a little over an inch in diameter.

More moose crap. You have to watch your step. It's like dog crap in town... everywhere! (Once you get off the road.)

Many well meaning environmentalists are being duped into believing that all logging is bad, in particular clear cuts. You can see by these pictures that this idea just isn't true. They talk about "diversity" of plants and animals, then by preaching against logging they are really destroying diversity.

The Indians knew better. When the hunting of animals and birds and the gathering of berries grew poor in an area, if lightning didn't start a forest fore, they did. They would burn huge areas of the forest as they didn't have a means of stopping a fire as we do now. In the years following the hunting and gathering was great, but look at the waste of wood.
When Rogers Rangers came through northern New Hampshire and Vermont they were starving to death as there was very little in the way of plants or animals to eat. Even few Indians lived in the area. The old growth forest was virtually empty of animals to eat as there was very little food for them.

I believe we were put on the earth, either by God, random events, evolution or mother nature (whatever you want to believe is fine with me) to figure things out and make the best use of the resources here.

Burning the forests as the Indians did wasn't making the best use of them. Letting forest fires burn unchecked is also wasting resources.
Harvesting trees when they are ready and making useful items such as toilet paper, paper towels, the sticks on cotton swabs, writing paper, computer paper, houses, furniture, popsicle sticks and toys among many other things is a proper use of resources.

At the same time, recycling and re-using those products whenever possible makes sense. Not using them at all is even better when possible. This information came to you electronically rather than on paper provided you didn't print it out. The less paper wasted providing information the better.

If you are a student in school, look around your classroom. How much paper is being wasted there? How many cut-it-out, look-at-it-for-a-day and-throw-it-out projects do you see? Ask your teacher about this waste of resources if it's happening in your classroom.

Are both sides of every piece of paper being used?

Find out how many pallets of paper your school uses every year. Count and multiply to see how many reams of paper this is.

Weigh a ream of paper, multiply by the number of reams on a pallet, then by the number of pallets your school uses in a year to discover how many pounds of paper are used.

Divide by 2000 to see how many tons this is.

Also divide the number of pounds of paper in your school used by the number of students. This is how much paper is used in your behalf each year.

Find out how many schools are in your state. Multiply the number of tons of paper used in your school by this number.

If your school isn't using computers and slates as much as possible, ask why not?

The more computers and slates are used, the less paper will be used.

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What happens when you don't log an area?

Logging Index

Click here to go to The Robinson Mill, the oldest water powered sawmill still standing in Vermont

Sonny Says...

  Clearcuts Page 1


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